NEWS: October 14, 2010
Performance | The Nation
OMB: No Letter Grades for Agencies
The Office of Management and Budget won't use Performance.gov, the website that tracks federal agencies' progress on high-priority goals, to issue letter grades on their performance but will work to build a performance-management system in which outcomes matter, according to OMB Associate Director Shelley Metzenbaum.
Ethics | The Nation
Auto-Overhaul Czar Accepts
Ban from Securities Industry
Steven Rattner, who oversaw the Obama administration's overhaul of the auto industry and has resisted a settlement with federal regulators over his role in New York State pension-fund kickbacks, has agreed to accept a multiyear ban from the securities industry and pay a fine of more than $5 million.
New York Times
Calif. A.G. to Press Court Action for Bell Takeover
The California attorney general's office said it will proceed with court action against the city of Bell after talks broke down over installing an outside monitor to oversee the scandal-ridden city.
Los Angeles Times
Probed Officials, Businesses Contributed to Prosecutor
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Prosecutor Bill Mason accepted nearly $30,000 in campaign contributions over seven years from officials and businessmen implicated in federal corruption investigations.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Military | The Nation
Financial Disclosure Ordered for Consultants
Under pressure from two key senators, the Pentagon has reversed course and will require that the retired generals and admirals it hires as consultants file public, not confidential, financial disclosure statements. A USA Today investigation last year found that the "senior mentors" made up to $440 an hour.
Education | Washington, D.C.
School Reforms to Continue,
Presumptive Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray promised to move ahead with the city's school reform agenda even as he allowed its most visible leader, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, to exit the stage. Rhee offered an enthusiastic endorsement of her interim replacement, her top deputy Kaya Henderson.
Compton, Calif., Schools Chief Fired over Credit Charges
The board of the Compton, Calif., Unified School District voted to fire Superintendent Kaye E. Burnside over her use of district credit cards for $14,000 in personal purchases. Burnside had been on administrative leave since late May.
Los Angeles Times
Detroit Schools May Seek State's Debt Forgiveness
Detroit public schools officials may ask the state to forgive its $332 million deficit as part of a plan that could reshape the district. The alternative, according to a spokesman, is steep cuts, including building closures, teacher layoffs and reductions in bus service.
Kansas City Teachers to Get 1% Pay Raise
The Kansas City school board approved a 1 percent salary increase for the district's teachers, retroactive to the beginning of the fiscal year, because the school day has been lengthened by 15 minutes.
Kansas City Star
Technology | The Nation
Defense, DHS to Coordinate on Cybersecurity
The heads of the Defense and Homeland Security departments formally agreed to coordinate on cybersecurity in a newly established office amid a debate over whether Defense, DHS or the White House should have chief responsibility.
GSA Offers to Build Agencies' Online Tools
The General Services Administration has made it easier for federal agencies to create blogs, wikis, discussion forums and other online tools with a website called apps.govNOW that allows agencies to pick a tool, have it built by GSA, then customize it--all for free.
Health Care | The Nation
Feds: Crime Ring Stole $35 Million from Medicare
An Armenian-American crime ring based in New York and Los Angeles defrauded Medicare of more than $35 million by using stolen doctor and patient identities and setting up dozens of phony clinics coast-to-coast, according to federal indictments. Members of the group were taken into custody in four states.
Wall Street Journal
Washington State's Medicaid Drug Benefits Threatened
Some 500,000 Washington State adults whose prescriptions are covered by Medicaid could soon lose that benefit unless lawmakers provide special funding when they reconvene in January.
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ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
Percentage of Americans who used a word or phrase that is clearly negative--such as "too big," "confused" and "corrupt"--when asked in a USA Today/Gallup poll to describe the federal government
Gallup | More data
Stupid Management Fads
Into the life of every office worker, some rain must fall ... and often that rain takes the form of the latest jackass fad that management has latched onto. Of course, a fad usually goes away because management latches onto a new one, but hey, nobody said work life would be easy.
“Guys, I'm down here. Can you help me?”
Daniel Collins, an employee of a construction firm who descended into the Raymore, Mo., sewage system, became unhooked from his safety line and was pushed through a 27-inch-wide pipe for over a mile before his calls for help were heard and he was rescued, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition
AP/Kansas City Star | More quotes
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American Academy of Certified Public Managers
Annual Professional Development Conference
Oct. 17-19 | Oklahoma City
International City/County Management Association
Oct. 17-20 | San Jose, Calif.
National Emergency Management Association
Oct. 17-21 | Little Rock, Ark.
Harvard Kennedy School
Program on Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage
Oct. 17-22 | Cambridge, Mass.
Seminar on How to Work with the Federal Government
Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET | Reston, Va.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Oct. 18-21 | Orlando, Fla.
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